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Adam Rome

office: 558 Park Hall
phone: (716) 645-8409


Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1996
B.A., Yale University, 1980


American Environmental History
Business and the Environment


US, Political History, Urban


Environmental history, the urban environment, environmental activism, sustainability.


The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation (New York: Hill and Wang, 2013).

The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Hartmut Berghoff and Adam Rome, editors, Green Capitalism?  Business and the Environment in the Twentieth Century (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

“Nature Wars, Culture Wars: Immigration and Environmental Reform in Progressive America,” Environmental History 13 (July 2008): 432-453.

“‘Political Hermaphrodites’: Gender and Environmental Reform in Progressive America,” Environmental History 11 (July 2006): 440-463.

“‘Give Earth a Chance’: The Environmental Movement and the Sixties,” Journal of American History 90 (September 2003): 525-554.

“What Really Matters in History? Environmental Perspectives on Modern America,” Environmental History 7 (April 2002): 303-318.

“Coming to Terms with Pollution: The Language of Environmental Reform, 1865-1915,” Environmental History 1 (July 1996): 6-28.

“Building on the Land: Toward an Environmental History of Residential Development in American Cities and Suburbs, 1870-1990,” Journal of Urban History 19 (May 1994): 407-434.


Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, 2014 – present

Lewis Mumford Prize, given by the Society for American City and Regional Planning History for the best book on American planning history, 2003

Frederick Jackson Turner Award, given by the Organization of American Historians for the best first book on any topic in American history, 2002